Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden. Published by Random House - Ballantine in ebook, hardback and paperbound formats, it was released 5th December, 2017.
I had devoured the first book in the series, The Bear and the Nightingale, and looked forward to the next book(s). This one certainly lived up to the promise of the first book. The author's facility with plotting and characterization are flawless. The prose is ethereal and powerful at the same time. These books have a sense of timelessness and almost dreamlike fairy-tale feeling. I loved the gravitas with occasional glimpses of Puckishness of ageless Morozko and especially the interactions between them and between Solovey and Vasya. I also LOVED it that Vasya is strong and brave (and it sometimes costs her dearly). She is honorable and kind and a wonderful role model.
There is an aching beauty in the writing and the book was just a completely enchanting read from first to last. I could not imagine enjoying it more.
Five stars, wonderful wonderful book. Can't wait for the third book, The Winter of the Witch, due out in 2019.
Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.